Senora Beacon

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The Senora Beacon is a newspaper in Blaine County, San Andreas, which appears in Grand Theft Auto V. The newspaper describes itself as "proudly provincial" and covers the news stories of the county. There are four known employees at the newspaper: Amber Sue Andrews, Bucy Joe Houston, Claudine Shorn and Allen Smithy. The newspaper has been involved in a number of legal cases due to "sweeping generalizations".

News articles

Tragedy at Cliffs (March 15, 1978)

Reporter: Allen Smithy
"It was an accident" claims 'heart broken' husband.

A young husband was made a widower yesterday in an incident at the cliffs in eastern Blaine County. John "Jock" Cranley, 26 and his wife Jolene Cranley-Evans, 22, were walking by the cliffs overlooking the El Gordo Lighthouse when a dispute ended in Mrs Cranley-Evans falling to her death.

Mr. Cranley and his wife, both of Sandy Shores, had been known to be having troubles in their marriage. Mr. Cranley apparently wanted to leave Blaine County and move to Los Santos to pursue dreams of becoming a stuntman while his wife was keen to stay to help look after her ailing parents and run their thriving guest house. Mr. Cranley told reporters outside the police station where he had been released without charge "I'm heart broken. I loved my wife. I would never throw her off a cliff, despite her desire to destroy my dreams of success and happiness. I will miss her always and dedicate my career to her memory." His wife's father, Jeb Evans, called for police to open a proper investigation.

We will stay with this story.


Gangs and death in Alamo Sea

After The Long Stretch, by Claudine Shorn
First it was the bikers, now the Mexicans- Not wanting to get the Senora Beacon in any further legal trouble with my sweeping generalizations, I should add that I am talking about gangs, of course; specifically the Lost Motorcycle Club and, more recently, Los Varios Aztecas. According to my sources - which are primarily Janet at the Yellowjack Inn - Los Varios Aztecas, a Mexican-American street gang, are now using the Alamo Sea region as their main base of operations, having been largely forced out of Los Santos by vicious turf wars with rivals Los Santos Vagos.


Shoutout at liquor store.

After Trevor Philips Industries, by Bucy Joe Houston
Sandy Shores has been torn apart by violence once again after rival drug gangs clashed in a shootout at the Ace Liquor store, which is rumored to be a front for a drug manufacturing operation. If I had a dollar for every meth lab they’d found in Sandy Shores over the last decade, I'd probably be able to afford one of those fancy fibreglass roofs for my trailer by now. Remember the good old days in Blaine County before methamphetamine when people would let off steam by drinking themselves unconscious every night?


Sheriff's office unable to cope with drug violence.

After Nervous Ron, by Claudine Shorn
The Blaine County Sheriff's office told reporters it was swamped and unable to cope following the recent outbreak of drug-related violence in the Senora Desert region and across Blaine County. Another violent incident yesterday saw a massive shootout between drug factions at Sandy Shores Airfield that left many dead and police confused. Police Spokesman Elmore Thickett told reporters "these violent incidents are becoming all too common in Blaine County. Sure we've always had problems – this is a poor county – but the past few months have seen things get completely out of control. We don't know how to cope and are requesting help from the state. So far, they seem more interested in posing in movies than stopping folk up here from getting shot but that ain't nothing new." Experts are blaming the violence on a multi-sided turf war with participants trying to gain control of the cocaine trade from Mexico into Los Santos, as well as the methamphetamine trade most of which is manufactured locally before being sold overseas and across the country. As many as five major gangs may be involved in the trade. Some are seen as particularly deranged. The highly lucrative crystal methamphetamine trade seems to be headquartered in the towns around the Alamo Sea, while it is also believed several Mexican cartels also have a presence in the area. Police have attributed several recent massacres to an on-going turf war thought to involve four or five different gangs, including: outlaw biker gangs, Mexican cartels, street gangs from Los Santos and two or more local operations. Some recent shootouts have been so bloody, some local politicians are calling for increased firepower and have requested either military or paramilitary support to control recent events. Don Percival, CEO of Merryweather has offered his company's services. Reports link several incidents to a particular local drug dealer police are desperately trying to identify. Police are appealing for calm, within reason. "We want people to panic but only in so far as it is useful" they told us.


Drug wars escalate in Alamo Sea.

After Crystal Maze, by Amber Sue Andrews
Police in Blaine County are requesting increased resources from the state to deal with the latest outbreak of drug-related violence. The highly lucrative crystal methamphetamine trade seems to be headquartered in towns around the Alamo Sea, while it is also believed several Mexican cartels also have a presence in the area. Police have attributed recent massacres to an on-going turf war, thought to involve four or five different gangs, including outlaw biker gangs, cartels, street gangs from Los Santos and two or more local operations. Some recent shootouts have been so bloody, so local politicians are calling for increased firepower and have requested either military or paramilitary support to control recent events. Don Percival, CEO of Merryweather has offered his company’s services.


Stab city earning its name amidst violence.

After Friends Reunited, by Claudine Shorn
A trailer park on the South West corner of the Alamo Sea has been destroyed by a series of explosions that could be heard as far away as Paleto Bay. ‘Stab City', as it was unironically known, was a known biker gang stronghold and it is assumed that this was yet another revenge attack by rival drug gangs in the ever worsening drug wars that have been plaguing our region. When will this violence end? Can there be many more bikers left to kill at this point? Or will they just keep popping back up like weeds as we have seen so many times before?


FIB claims money laundering rife in small banks across the country

After The Merryweather Heist, by Bucy Joe Houston
The FIB announced at a press conference yesterday that it had made major breakthroughs in countering money laundering, with several arrests in Vice City following a sting at a branch of Lombank that had been handling money for a drug dealer in the area. The Bureau did say, however that it believed there was an on-going problem with money laundering at smaller banks in rural areas, especially regions with known problems with drug trafficking. One of three regions singled out was Blaine County, where the bureau said it had suspicions about several overly-active local banks who had announced large profits in recent times, despite our region’s on-going economic woes. Roy Buckley, mayor of Paleto Bay, accused the Bureau of "typical big city thinking. The fact is our region has many problems but you can’t have it both ways – you call us inbred hicks who don't like to wash ourselves and then say we wash money. Well which is it? Do we wash or not?", then he put down the phone and said he was being taken for a ride in a helicopter by a local businessman in the import trade, before accepting a fully declared gift of a mansion.


After The Paleto Score

By Amber Sue Andrews
If you don't own a gun, go out and buy one. If you already own some guns, go out and buy some more. If your criminal record, age, or bill of mental health prevents you from purchasing a gun at a gun store, go to a fair or become an antique gun collector. Three criminals went into the Blaine County Savings Bank in Paleto Bay earlier today, and came out covered from head to toe in body armour with the contents of several safety deposit boxes in bags on their backs. Paleto Bay has some of the highest gun ownership per capita in the country, but there's no one wishing that number wasn't even higher today.